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's an argument this week that if only dr. martin luther king jr. had a gun he would have been able to fight off the white gun-wielding guy who killed him. too bad they were teaching christians about non-violence. >> this is straight out of "django unchainedded". you get the feeling that they watched django, loved the first half. don't like the ending as much but i have a great idea how we can swing this white supremacist message out there. >> john: speaking of white supremacist, house g.o.p. they went on their winter retreat in williamsburg, virginia. great town. i got family there. but one of the goals of the retreat was how to better reach out to minorities. they decided to hold it at the kings mill resort, the site of an old plantation where slaves were kept. i mean-- >> this is brilliant. >> john: this is like reaching out to women voters by having a retreat at ike turner's old house. >> i have friend who have black friends, and this is equivalent to having a discussion about cancer research like in a--in a nuclear zone. in an area full of the thing that causes cancer. >> john: i'm not sayi
speech while in office the nation celebrates dr. martin luther king jr. and he carried a mantle for a broader progressism including his support of labor unions, social justice trying to eliminate poverty and his vocal anti-militarism. here is dr. king in a sermon where he points to our government for getting involved in the conflict there. >> a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. >> john: not a quote you hear too often on dr. king day. here to discuss this with me now is kristal brent zook, associate professor at director of the ma journalism program in hofstra university, she is also the author of three books including "black women's lives: stories of power and pain." and political activist and director of the peace and justice resource center, tom hayden. thank you for your time this evening. when this day was approaching i told the staff on the show i really wanted to do a dr. king discussion about these very topics because martin luther king jr. stood for civil rights,
, and his criticism has to do with the president's swearing in on dr. martin luther king's bible and fascinating things going on dc. >> jennifer: it's an amazing day. and you and i will be talking about this further a little bit later on. so thanks, cenk, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> jennifer: you bet. today was certainly a day that progressives of every stripe cenk will not forget. and the uniqueness of the moment was not lost on the president who actually paused as he left the stage. take a look at this. ♪ >> jennifer: a brief moment the president seemed to be just taking it before getting back to the hard work at hand. joining me now is somebody who knows a lot about hard work dean obediallah is a critical comedian. and he is going to be performing in dubai this weekend? >> this saturday -- today here in new york saturday in dubai. >> jennifer: and yesterday two events at the inauguration. >> three events. one at a ball where a lot of military veterans were, and then two other events and jim messina was getting on. >> joy: dude you are milking it. >> i k
the dr. martin luther king jr. whose birthday was yesterday and we'll celebrate monday the same day as obama's inauguration. it signifies how dr. king's activism was not just geared towards racial injustice but every bit as much towards social justice as well. while our country has made significant strides in racial equality it very. soften seemsoften it seems we're going the opposite way against poverty with nearly 50 million people now living at or beneath poverty. carrying the torch and renewing the battle against poverty is television and radio host author, activist tavis smily. now tavis's goal is to reduce poverty in half in ten years and completely eradicate it in 25. while that may seem like an impossible goal, let's remember another quote from dr. king. we must accept finite disappointment but never loss infinite hope. now joining me now is host of tavis smily on pbs and the tavis smily show on public radio international. >> thank you. >> why are we going the wrong way against poverty in this country? >> the elite number one. they also don't contribute to the campaigns of t
luther king jr.'s bible i got upset. >> cenk: why did he get upset? we'll explain. and lupe fiasco. a wrapper we've had on the show. they were not happy with him either. he was thrown out of a party. for this. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> cenk: is he right? practice the partywere the partyers right? that's what we discuss on this show. that's exactly why it's go time. >> cenk: you know how these inauguration events go. there's a lot of talk about this is the moment. in fact, give me a moment here. oh there it is. there is the president and first lady walking down the street. now, this always makes me nervous. god bless them for walking down the street. at some point you got to get in the car. it makes everybody in the country nervous. it's great that they're walking along and great that there was a lot of security. now, of course there was some good moments in the speech. first as always president obama trying to hit that middle ground. >> we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority. nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through govern
principals, which he didn't really do in his noble prize acceptance speech, but on marlin -- martin luther king day he did. >> john: one of the criticisms of this president from the left was that he has fallen short on some of dr. king's ideas. at the end of his life he was fighting for labor rights, milltism and poverty every much as civil rights. but in this speech this president addressed militarism, beautifully, and we believe in enduring security and peace does not mean perpetual war. he spoke about poverty beautifully without ever actually using the word, but talking about we are not a nation of takers, and the fact that he would use the word stone wall and he wasn't referring to a dead general, i was floored. i feel comfortable saying that i think dr. king would have been very proud and impressed with today's speech. >> jennifer: i'm glad to here that. totally agree. we're going to take a break and bring you more analysis of the krer moanny. [ rosa ] i'm rosa and i quit smoking with chantix. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... litt
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